Sweeping Echo Valley Trail Runs

Evergreen Trail Runs were my introduction to trail races, so I have a soft spot for the series.  I’ve been racing less this year, but finding that sweeping races is a great way to get quality time out on the trails and see all those fun runners, while keeping things low-key.  Combined with my need for more heat training, sweeping Echo Valley was a no-brainer!  Off to Chelan…

The Races

The Evergreen races are super-accessible.  There are all different distances, from 10K to 50K.  The races start at different times, which meant the sweeping started at the civilized time of 9:40.  It was already WARM out, so I was glad to be puttering along behind all of the runners; not racing.  This is a really, really beautiful course.  I’m amazed that so few people show up for this race.  I really hope it catches on more… people are missing out.  It’s a fast course – a relatively modest 4,000 feet of climbing – but with plenty of variety and challenges.  For a west-sider used to running through thick rain forests, the wide-open views are a treat.

Pictures

Some of the views from the course:

Race Start - Richard giving the race briefing
Race Start – Richard giving the race briefing
Shady respite from the heat
Shady respite from the heat
You can see why these trails are popular with mountain bikes!
You can see why these trails are popular with mountain bikes!
Some of the trails are very old roads - hence the gentle grade
Some of the trails are very old roads – hence the gentle grade
The view from the Outback
The view from the Outback
Some wildlife on the Echo Valley course
Some wildlife on the Echo Valley course

The Route

The sweeping took me a little off of the 50K course – but this is pretty close to it.

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